Dream Dinners, Hullabaloo Band releases new CD, Dance To Evolve Recital

Developing Your Kids’ Conversation Skills Around the Dinner table 
Have you ever found yourself in a group of people of varying ages and noticed that some young adults and teens will struggle to have hold conversations? Regardless of age, education, leadership roles, the ability to carry on a conversation in groups is a skill. So how can you help a person who is struggling to find the words, or engage another in conversation? How can you help your children to develop these skills for themselves? 
How is Conversation Modeled at your House? 
Growing up, we learn basically by being modeled or taught. A healthy conversation includes eye contact, reading body language, showing interest, empathetic listening, and offering feedback. It won’t happen in front of a computer, TV or smart phone. 
Dinnertime is often the best setting to have conversations as a family. Studies have shown that children develop a richer vocabulary; have higher grades, self-esteem, and resilience when they have a strong connection to their families.  Most likely, it’s not the food that’s making this difference but the quality interactions happening at the table. 
Dream Dinners offers a time saving, cost effective solution to making dinnertime easier for the whole family. There are six Dream Dinners stores in the San Diego area, each designed to help families by doing the meal planning and preparation for them.  On-line, guests make their entrée selections from a restaurant style menu that varies monthly and schedules a session at the Dream Dinners store.  Once there, they spend about an hour assembling a month’s worth of meals which they take home and freeze for use in the weeks ahead.  The benefit of meal assembly saves so much time!  No more menu planning, big shopping trips, putting ingredients all away, and then trying to muster enough energy to figure out dinner after a busy day.  With Dream Dinners, time in the kitchen and clean-up is quick and easy!  
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How Can You Develop Your Kid’s Conversation Skills? 
Tipsfor Developing Conversations: 
·  Study your family calendar and choose when you can all be there for dinner. 
· Be interested and show interest by asking thoughtful questions.  
· Let everyone have a chance to share. Keep conversations flowing by teaching your kids to listen as well as contribute to the conversation. 
· Ask follow-up questions like, ‘How did that make you feel? What would it have been like if _______?  
· Tell funny stories, jokes, and share silly observations.  
· Notice expressions and name them. ‘You look (worried, sad, frustrated), what’s going on? 
· Offer praise, encouragement, support, and acceptance. 
· If your child is quiet and doesn’t know what to say, suggest they try repeating or rephrasing the last thing the other person just said.   
Our families have, no doubt, been inundated by all kinds of messages during their day; many of them negative. Resolve that family dinners become a sanctuary in your home with nurturing conversation. You will be amazed at what kind of adults your children become! 
Building families…one meal at time. 

Thomas and Friends Family Day!
Saturday, May 17, 2014 from 11:00am to 3:00 pm — Thomas & Friends Family Day is in full steam, huffing and puffing along. It’s totally Thomas at the San Diego Model Railroad Museum. Come in character whether it’s a costume, shirt, or pajama we are having a Thomas Train Bash! Jump, wiggle and giggle to a musical performance from Clint Perry and the Boo Hoo Crew at 11:30 am, create your own Thomas & Friends puzzles and masks, or be the director of the railway like Sir Topham Hatt and operate our “G” scale train with Thomas and Percy on the tracks. This is a family day celebration not to miss!
The San Diego Model Railroad Museum is open Tuesday-Friday 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM and 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM on Saturday and SundayChildren 5 and under are free, adult admission is $8.

Heaven is For Real - A Loving Story About a Community that Experiences Something Extraordinary

This is a wonderful, feel-good movie that will bring tears to your eyes. Based on a real story and a #1 New York Times best-selling book by the same name, it brings to the screen the true story of a small-town preacher and father who has to look deep inside himself to deal with his son's experience of seeing heaven after a near death experience. Great cast, especially the young boy played by Connor Corum. The pace is a bit mundane but the story is exhilarating. "'Heaven Is For Real' is a loving story about a community that experiences something extraordinary," comments KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Gerry O, age 12. See Gerry's full review below.

Heaven Is For Real

Reviewed by Gerry O. age 12

Video review available here. http://youtu.be/Ji13TpbflX4

I thought this film would be about a 9-year-old kid dreaming about heaven and speaking about it across the country. Boy was I wrong! "Heaven Is For Real" is a fantastic movie that people of all religions and walks of life will appreciate! It gives us hope.

This film has a lot to offer; more than people think. "Heaven Is For Real" has action, adventure, family, comedy, religion and drama. 

The film starts with a look into a day of a Reverend. He has a wife, a 4-year-old son and a daughter. Soon however, the 4-year-old son gets very sick. However, while he is in surgery, the little boy has an out-of-body experience which he later shares with his Dad. What happens next is truly remarkable and unexplainable by all laws of science. If you would like to see it for yourself – you have to watch the film.

My favorite scene is right before the little boy gets sick. The family takes a vacation to Denver. On the way, they sing different songs. Then the boy asks, "Can we sing 'We Will Rock You?'" Everyone looks at each other for a second and then they all sing out of tune, “We Will Rock You.” It's funny and lighthearted. 

This film may seem like its all about God and heaven, but really, it's not. "Heaven Is For Real" is a loving story about a community that experiences something extraordinary. I think the fact that they made a movie based on the real story is fantastic! It also benefits the film that the actors are so in touch with their roles and the camera shots are one of a kind and perfect for the scenes.

This film has a bit of mature content so I give it an age rating of 9 to 18. Also this film deserves 5 out of 5 stars.

Hullabaloo Band

Over the past year or so, I’ve been working on our new album, Shy Kid Blues. Through songs and spoken word, it tells the (mostly) true story of Hullabaloo. As the title suggests, I was a very shy kid but I always had big dreams of performing on stage.

Working on this project got me thinking quite a bit about how I was able to reconcile those two opposite forces. More specifically, it got me thinking about how my parents guided me through all that. And so, in addition to the album itself, I’ve been doing some writing under the general heading of “things my parents did right.”

The first essay is called “The Dreamer and the Pragmatist.” It’s a quick read. Click on through to have a look.

"It's time for recital--join in the dancing-fun!" 

Calling All Groovin' Kids To Dance
Register for a dance class in tap, ballet or hip hop and participate in Dance To EvOLvE's annual recital on June 15th.  An event not to be missed!
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If you have not already purchased tickets for the Annual Spring Luncheon on Sunday, May 4, make sure to get yours soon!
This year, we have two very enthusiastic and creative co-chairs and they have made sure the event will be filled with pampering, fun, and fabulous food. The gift bag all attendees receive is worth the ticket price - a gift card to Roys, microdermabrasion, The Joy of Parenting book by parenting expert and featured speaker, Susie Walton, and lots of other fun treats for you and your family. Also included is a tropical themed, specially created lunch, champagne, entertainment, Susie Walton, ukelele, hand massage, and more wonderful treats. This luncheon is designed for busy moms like you by busy moms - we want you to have a special day dedicated to you. This is your opportunity to take a few hours for yourself and Breathe.

Come with your playgroup, a friend, neighbor, or bring your mom for Mother's Day and watch while she bids on awesome auction items for your kids and herself, raising money for our Community Resource Fund and Madison's Fund.

The auction items are great - there are things for children from the practical like dental visits to the fun party packages. For moms, we always have jewelry, spa packages, and other treats. There are date night packages for you and your husband, family outings such as museum or waterpark passes, and specialty items like hotel stays and vacation opportunities.

Please purchase your tickets soon and we will see you in your beautiful island attire at the Del Mar Hilton on May 4, 10:00 -1:30.

Kelly Ruff
Community Resource Director

Remember to add your Fresh Lei Greeting at check out to honor a special mother in your life!
To Register click here.


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